On This Day in Film & TV for December 11

Events in Film & TV

  • 1948 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1953 KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1960 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball

Film release premierFilm Premier

1967 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in NYC (Hepburn - Academy Award for Best Actress 1968)

  • 1968 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1978 NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 "Magnum P.I." starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS

  • 1985 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1874 Paul Wegener, German actor and director (The Golem, The Student of Prague), born in Arnoldsdorf, West Prussia, Germany (d. 1948)
  • 1895 Eddie Dowling, American actor (Rainbow Man, Anywhere USA), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Gilbert Roland [Luis Alonso], Mexican actor (Juarez, Barbarosa), born in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Jean Marais, Cherbourgh France, actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus)
  • 1915 Anna van Beers, [Graeve], actress (A Woman like Eve)
  • 1919 Marie Windsor, [Emily Marie Bertelson], Utah, American actress (Double Deal)
  • 1920 Eddy Firestone, actor (Eddy-Mixed Doubles), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1921 Maila Nurmi, Petsamo Finland, actress (Vampira)
  • 1922 Dilip Kumar, Indian actor
  • 1923 Betsy Blair, actress (Marty)
  • 1928 Tomas Gutierrez Alea, filmmaker
  • 1930 Jean-Louis Trintignant, French actor and director (Man & a Woman, Z)
  • 1930 Chus Lampreave, Spanish actress
  • 1931 Richard Devon, actor (Battle of Blood Island), born in Glendale, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931 Rita Moreno [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico

Singer/Dancer/Actress Rita Moreno
Singer/Dancer/Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 1932 Anne Heywood, [Violet Pretty], Engl, Miss GB (1949)/actress (Brain)
  • 1932 Wynn Irwin, American actor (Lotsa Luck, Sugar Time), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Femke Boersma, Dutch actress (Verjaring, Pastorale 1943)
  • 1935 Ron Carey, American actor (Barney Miller), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Donna Mills, American actress (Knots Landing, Incident), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Lynda Day George, American actress (Casey-Mission Impossible), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1944 Teri Garr, American actress (Mr. Mom, Young Frankenstein), born in Lakewood, Ohio (or 1947)
  • 1947 Tom Fuccello, actor (Dave-Dallas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1948 Elizabeth Baur, actress (Fran-Ironside, Teresa-Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Bess Armstrong, actress (Julia-On Our Own, 4 Seasons, Jaws), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1953 Peter Isacksen, Dover NH, actor (CPO Sharkey, Jessie)
  • 1954 Jermaine Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1959 Tina Gayle, Frankfurt GFR, Cowboy cheerleader/actress (Kathy-Chips)
  • 1960 Rachel Portman, English film composer
  • 1962 Ben Browder, American actor
  • 1964 Michel Courtemanche, French Canadian comedian
  • 1965 Laurie Carr, playmate (Dec, 1986), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1966 Gary Dourdan, American actor
  • 1966 Leon Lai, Hong Kong Cantonese singer/actor
  • 1970 Victoria Fuller, playmate (Jan, 1996), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1974 Rey Mysterio, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Ben Shephard, English TV personality
  • 1975 Tomoka Kurotani, Japanese actress
  • 1979 Rider Strong, American actor, writer and director (Boy Meets World), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1980 Arya [Jamshad Cethirakath], Indian actor, born in Trikaripur, Kerala
  • 1981 Hamish Blake, Australian comedian
  • 1993 Gina Miele, American singer and actress

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1999 Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane marries Rhona Gemmell

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • 2010 "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California
  • 2010 Actress Joanna Garcia (32) weds New York Yankees` Nick Swisher (31) at Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1964 Percy Kilbride, American actor (Egg & I, Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 76
  • 1967 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), dies after illness at 68
  • 1974 Reed Hadley, actor (Racket Squad, Public Defender), dies at 63
  • 1979 Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • 1984 George Waggner, director/writer, dies at 90
  • 1986 Paul Keenan, actor (Summer Fantasy), dies at 30
  • 1992 Michael Robbins, actor (Lunch Hour, On the Buses), dies at 62
  • 1993 Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian/French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
  • 1995 Arthur Mullard, English actor, comedian and singer (Romany Jones), dies at 82
  • 1995 John Heawood, actor singer/choreographer (Pleasure Garden), dies at 75
  • 1996 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), dies at 59
  • 2000 David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian Actress (b. 1981)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2008 Bettie Page, American Playboy pin-up model, dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 2008 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)